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Blessed Easter Greetings

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Our Field Agent shared this in our Business Meeting, and we wanted to share with the parish on this Easter
Sunday.

A short essay has made its way around the internet over the past months. It spoke to me and I would like to
refer to it and the comparison of these last weeks.
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The very first Easter was not in a crowded worship space with
singing and praising. On the very first Easter the disciples
were locked in their house. It was dangerous for them to come
out. They were afraid…If they left their homes their lives and
the lives of their loved ones might be at risk.

Alone in their homes they dared to believe that hope was
possible, that God’s love was the most powerful…Eventually,
they were able to leave their homes, when the fear and danger
had subsided. They went around celebrating and spreading the
good news that Jesus was risen and love was the most
powerful force on the earth.

This year, we might get to experience a taste of what that first
Easter was like, still in our homes daring to believe that hope
is on the horizon. Then, after a while, when it is safe for all
people, when it is the most loving choice, we will come out,
gathering together, singing, and shouting the good news that
God brings life even out of death, that love always has the
final say!

This year we might get the closest taste we have had yet to
what that first Easter was like.
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Although the author is unknown, it’s a sobering thought to remember that the disciples were worried, scared,
hiding alone…” sheltering in place.”
Perhaps being with our loved ones for this extended period of time has opened your eyes a bit. I know it has
opened mine. What is really important in my life? What are my priorities? What are my opportunities to
serve…to love?

As we pray for a return to our normal lives let us pledge to not let the lessons of these past weeks be
forgotten when we return to the hustle and bustle of “normalcy.”

Vivat Jesus!

Our Field Agent shared this in our Business Meeting, and we wanted to share with the parish on this Easter Sunday. A short essay has made its way around the internet over the past months. It spoke to me and I would like to refer to it and the comparison of these last weeks. _________________________________________________________________________________ […]

Holy Week Message Bishop Malloy

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Illinois State KofC Holy Week 2021 (Click to Download PDF)

Being a Knight is a Great Calling

A message from Illinois State Knights of Columbus Chaplain
Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford

 

Download the PDF file . Illinois State KofC Holy Week 2021 (Click to Download PDF) Being a Knight is a Great Calling A message from Illinois State Knights of Columbus Chaplain Most Reverend David J. Malloy Bishop of Rockford  

139th Anniversary Founder’s Day 

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Founder's Day

The McGivney PrayerThis month offers us an opportunity to recall the origins of our Catholic faith in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross as well as the founding of the Knights of Columbus by a priest who lived and died united to that sacrifice. Due to a convergence on the calendar, we start Holy Week on March 29, the day we also observe as the Order’s Founder’s Day each year.

On March 29, we pay tribute to Father McGivney and the handful of laymen who gathered in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn., to find practical solutions to the problems Catholics faced. As their spiritual father, Father McGivney helped these first Knights realize the meaning of their often difficult lives through union with the suffering Christ. Together, these men founded a lay movement in which they could serve God and neighbor as more faithful husbands, fathers and men of the Church.

It was with great joy that we celebrated the Beatification of our beloved Founder, Blessed Michael McGivney. Holy Mother Church has confirmed what we have known from our own devotion: that Blessed Michael McGivney is a model of holiness whose life and ministry is an example for us all. His beatification is an invitation for all of us to better understand and live out the principles with which he founded the Knights of Columbus: charity, unity and fraternity.  

In his earthly life, Father McGivney was a priest ahead of his time who recognized the potential for the laity to actively participate in the mission of the Church. Holiness is not simply for priests and religious; rather, each one of us is called to become a saint and to proclaim the Gospel in the world around us. By founding the Knights of Columbus, Father McGivney gave Catholic laymen an ideal structure through which to grow in holiness, surrounded by brothers working as one and performing acts of charity.  

Although he lived more than a century ago, Father McGivney’s life and work show him to be of particular relevance today. Faced with anti-Catholic bias, Father McGivney directed the Knights of Columbus to the path of authentic civil participation without compromising the Catholic faith. Inspired by our Founder’s example, we have stood side by side with those whose dignity and rights have not been fully recognized or upheld by civil authorities.  

In heaven, Blessed Michael McGivney has not ceased being our own parish priest whose intercession for the Knights of Columbus is evident not only by our growth around the world but also, and more importantly, by our continued commitment to the principles of charity, unity and fraternity. The extraordinary miracle that led to his beatification should be a source of inspiration for us to turn to Blessed Michael McGivney in our own times of need, whether that need is great or small.  

Holy Hour of Prayer

You are invited to join in praying the rosary, Monday March 29th at 7 PM, while meditating on the example of Blessed Michael McGivney. Let his devotion to Our Lady inspire you to draw close to her Immaculate Heart, where we will encounter her son, Jesus Christ. Only in that encounter will we be able to meet the challenge that Father McGivney places before us: to live a life of heroic virtue according to the principles of charity, unity and fraternity. 

 

This month offers us an opportunity to recall the origins of our Catholic faith in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross as well as the founding of the Knights of Columbus by a priest who lived and died united to that sacrifice. Due to a convergence on the calendar, we start Holy Week on […]

Holy Hour of Prayer

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March 29th is Founder’s Day.  This year marks the 139th anniversary of the founding of the Knights of Columbus.

Celebrate the beatification of Blessed Michael McGivney through a special prayer hour open to the whole parish. Built around the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, the prayer hour features writings from recent popes and reflections on the life of Blessed Michael McGivney. The prayer hour is a way for the entire parish community to invoke the blessed founder of the Knights of Columbus and to be inspired by his life and legacy.

Deacon Jim will be the leader of this prayer hour.   Additional readers are needed.  Please contact Deacon Jim and Gary if you are interested in participating as a reader.

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(click for Program Booklet) March 29th is Founder’s Day.  This year marks the 139th anniversary of the founding of the Knights of Columbus. Celebrate the beatification of Blessed Michael McGivney through a special prayer hour open to the whole parish. Built around the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, the prayer hour features writings from recent […]

Malnatis Dine to Donate

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Dine to Donate for Gary Sinise Foundation

The Gary Sinise Foundation serves our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. They do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.

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Dine to Donate for Gary Sinise Foundation The Gary Sinise Foundation serves our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. They do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. See flyer for more information — Download Flyer (PDF)